When you think of a hatchback with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, good gas milage is probably far from being in the list of top priorities, but would you complain if it came with the package anyway?
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Consumer preferences are taking a clear step towards efficient gas consumption according to a new study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.
March saw several manufacturers set new sales records, which in turn pushed the average fuel consumption of every car sold to a record high 24.1 miles per gallon.
Gas prices have been driving automakers, and more importantly consumers, to be increasingly concerned with how much a fill-up costs. In March, the average gas consumption of every car sold was 24.1 mpg, a small jump from the previous months 23.9 mpg, but a very significant difference from the October 2010 average of 20.1 mpg.
The push for higher mpg cars is a recent craze, illustrated by the fact that the average of 22 mpg did not change between October, 2009 and September, 2011. Only in the last eight months has the average has been steadily climbing, starting at 22.2 last September and now finding itself at 24.1.
While the trend towards increased fuel efficiency is on everyone’s mind, it will be interesting in the coming years to see just how far automakers will stretch engine technology to save at the pump.
Any car from 1996 and newer can have a real-time gas consumption meter thanks to an Android app, but you might not want to pay for it.
OBD Mileage is now available for Google Android smartphone users who want to watch their car’s mpg change during hill climbs, highway driving and schlepping around town. The developer says the app can display “55 different kinds of information,” hopefully that includes switching between kilometers and miles per gallon. Unfortunately, the program looks sketchy at best and costs a boatload.
The picture you see above is a shot of what OBD Milage looks like while running — you can be the aesthetics judge here. Not only that, but running the app requires a plug-in bluetooth device to bridge communication between your phone and car. The device recommended on the OBD website costs $99.99 and that’s on sale.
The app itself also seems to cost something, though the site doesn’t make it readily obvious how much you’re spending. Instead it says discomforting things like: “We use the Google wallet for the payment,” and “When you purchased the validity period, it is not possible for the refund even if there is any reason.”
The validity period is also more-or-less unexplained but it seems like a temporary license to use the program. Worse yet, uninstalling the app and changing your phone’s date and time both render your purchase void.
So much for customer service, it’s probably better to use the in-dash fuel gauge and avoid all the nonsense.